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Well, I have to say, I don't often get presents from banks - but there they are, one bottle of 2005 Ruitersvlei Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc and one 2006 Georges Dubœuf Beaujolais Villages. I think this should happen more often. And they're not even my bank. ^_^

As brigus asked about food porn pics, here's a simple example (high res) from Friday evening. Basil papardelle with wild mushroom, caper, and artichoke sauce, asparagus, baby corn, and fillet steak (aka filet mignon). Photo courtesy of the very cool coworker and his amazing dancing Minolta A200, which I may take on a trip this weekend, if I can decide on where.

Poll #1192854 It's Eurovision Time!

Will you be watching?

With friends! And blackjack!
0(0.0%)
Probably. Cheesemas comes but once a year.
4(21.1%)
Going to a gathering, but mostly for the company.
0(0.0%)
Maybe, in the background.
1(5.3%)
Other plans!
5(26.3%)
I'll be busy pushing matchsticks under my nails.
1(5.3%)
The whosian whatsit now?
8(42.1%)

The Baltics will give douze points to:

whomever they consider the most worthy entrant
2(12.5%)
Russia
14(87.5%)


Like many others watching the British electoral scene, I was quite pleased with the recently Crewe & Nantwich result - whilst giving the Conservatives a leg up, it's sent a clear message to "New" Labour that attempting to eradicate the 10% tax rate for the lowest earners was one step too far, atop a litany of discontent with Blair, and Brown's utter failure to stand for any positive change away from those mistakes, so far removed from the promises that swept them into power. It's unfortunate the LibDems fared so poorly, but Clegg still doesn't seem to have stood for much inspiration either, seemingly also swallowing the line that the party must, for reasons unknown (and not voted for!), echo Labour's lazy - but lucrative, for those sufficiently connected - drift to the right.

Sorry about my slow replying to comments sometimes, especially those inviting a more detailed reply; they aren't forgotten.

Dalek Diary, part 1. Not a heavy-handed attempt, either.. a bit more Charlie Brooker meets mild-mannered Chris Morris. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
*grin* Thanks. ^_^ I was quite surprised just how well capers work with artichoke - that's definitely a theme I'll have to revisit sometime. (Reminds me, I need to stock up again on instant soups - that wild mushroom was the last packet of its ilk, and indeed, soup)

And good fillet steak, of course.. gods, it's a real delight. I've heard some disparage it as not being as tasty as sirloin or suchlike, but frankly, I don't see it - seems every bit as well endowed with flavor, and so tender, with every morsel as prime as the whole.

Did I mention I once wrote the menus for the second restaurant we owned? ^_^ (Just the calligraphy - the 'rents decided the menu. I was always a fan of the Coquilles St Jacques. Mmmm.. if I do make a supermarket run over to the good one next town over, maybe I'll pick up some scallops)